May 23rd, 2000, 12:04 AM
I just bought a TNT2 Vanta 16 meg
I used to use a Voodoo2 8 meg. I recently bought a TNT2 Vanta 16 meg. I got 23 more frames in quake3 on the timedemo which was 63.4. Some people told me that buying the Vanta was ridiculously stupid. Any thoughts from you guys? I bought it for $53 and I can still take it back and get something else. Your opinion would be greatly appreciated,
May 23rd, 2000, 12:20 AM
It's a budget card. The price sounds about right. But I think I'd be able to get a 32 MB version for around 55 USD.
If your budget is limited, then it's quite an OK card for your money.
May 23rd, 2000, 12:55 AM
Do you think it would be better to just get an M64 or an Ultra TNT2?
May 23rd, 2000, 11:15 AM
I'm very impressed with my 8MB Vanta that I replaced my daughter's PC's 32MB PCI Savage4 with it. My 16MB Banshee, however, is still a little faster so I'm sticking with 2 yr-old technology for now.
True, I'm sure the Vanta is no match for next-gen video cards. Still, it plays current 3D titles and I know many friends whose eyeballs will literally pop out of their sockets if I demo them the awesome capabilities of the lowly Vanta.
Fun. What else is there?
May 23rd, 2000, 12:58 PM
ehhhh i duno- i too just bought a pci 16meg vanta.... and it runs on par with a tnt2 m64 32meg.........
BUT i got the tnt2 m64 for $50..... the vanta for $60.....
but i love the vanta...... it runs all games REALLY smooth with only 64meg of system ram!
May 23rd, 2000, 12:59 PM
oh yeah, i HATE when people call the vanta a 'budget' card,,, even if it is, it sure dont act like it!
May 23rd, 2000, 01:09 PM
Fury007, got your email. I'd go with the 32mb ultra if you can afford it; mine has worked flawlessly for almost a year.
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May 23rd, 2000, 11:13 PM
This sounds about right.
I used to have a Intel740 AGP2x 8M. It never really got to 60 fps ever but it's NEVER dropped below 15! (Hey this is not bad since I'm using a k6-2 400 at resolutions 800x600 and over) My new Velocity 100 blasts past 100 fps sometimes but it drops to low low low fps during intense scenes (like the helocopter over the lake in half-life). Intel 740 ran this FLAWLESSLY where my Velocity stuttered (So did my Voodoo2 which I had earlier) and the I740 looked MUCH better than any of my 3dfx cards. I kinda miss that thing...Im guessing the vanta/m64 cards are faster than i740 too. I wouldn't mind having one considering my experiences. I'm guessing AGP texturing really DOES make a difference then hey!? (Seeing as that would be the only performance advantage I740 would have over a frickin velocity)
Still, most of my stuff runs in glide right now so I'm still quite content with my V100.
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